Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP
Director of Research
Olmsted Medical Center
Adjunct Professor
Department of Family and Community Health
University of Minnesota
Rochester, Minnesota


Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP, is Director of Research at Olmsted Medical Center and Adjunct Professor, Department of Family and Community Health, University of Minnesota, both in Rochester. Dr. Yawn's research interests include the diagnostic process, women's health, and asthma identification and management.

Dr. Yawn received her undergraduate degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and proceeded to medical school at University of Missouri, Columbia where she joined Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Yawn completed her residency in Family Medicine at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; two years later, she received her Masters in Family Medicine and Public Health, and her Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Since 1987, Dr. Yawn has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles, in addition to authoring and/or editing three books and producing a nationally syndicated radio health program. Her work appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Asthma, and Chest. Dr. Yawn has served as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials focused on physician-directed medication for asthma care, impact of spirometry testing in family medicine practices, and long-term trends in herpes zoster and varicella incidence. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and winner of the AAFP's 1988 and 1989 Outstanding Scientific Paper Award. Dr. Yawn's work in asthma has included pilot studies on the national history of asthma in primary care patients, asthma school-based screening, stigmatization in children with asthma, and disease labeling in people with asthma.